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In case anyone is curious who the ‘religion swiftboating’ attack was about

I posted a couple of days ago a bit from a news release from someone who thought “swiftboating” was a Good Thing. It turns out the attack was on Mitt Romney. Warmed over stuff about Mormon theology and the role…


These folks don’t understand that “swiftboating” is not something to aspire to

From my e-box: Candidate’s Religion to be Swift-Boated Tomorrow Press Advisory Who: A leading major U.S. Presidential Candidate Four years ago, “Swift Boating” entered the Presidential campaign lexicon when Kerry’s candidacy was torpedoed by accusations from men who’d served with…


Noah Feldman takes on Mormonism in the NYTimes magazine

Noah Feldman kills a lot of electrons in the NYTimes magazine in a look at Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and its effect on politics. Here’s the link….


What was missing from the Iowa victory speeches: Any godtalk

Mulling over the interesting results from the Iowa caucuses. I’ll leave the pure political analysis for them who who gets paid for it. (Though I’ll note that only two kinds of journalists don’t suffer for being wrong: political pundits and…


Mark DeMoss: Less talk about candidates’ faith, more about competence

Mark DeMoss is a born-again Christian, a Southern Baptist, the head of a large PR firm whose clients include many Christian organizations, and a former aide to Jerry Falwell. Among the presidential candidates, his faith background probably most closely resembles…


Deborah Caldwell explains Mike Huckabee and the Baptists

Deborah Caldwell is the managing editor of Beliefnet these days. But once upon a time, Debbie’s desk was next to mine while I was a callow rookie in religion coverage at the Dallas Morning News. Over on B-Net, she’s got…


Rod Dreher on the Mitt Romney Mormon issue

I meant to post this yesterday. Rod Dreher of the DMN’s editorial board had an interesting column on Sunday about Mitt Romney and the Mormon question. A nugget: There are plenty of good reasons for conservative Christians not to vote…


Ron Paul v Mike Huckabee — Christian fascism?

Ron Paul went on FoxNews today to diss the Huckabee Christ-themed Christmas political ad Bruce posted on earlier: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” But Rod Dreher of the DMN’s…


Mother Jones disses Huckabee

Not surprising. A nugget: But not too long ago, Huckabee was quite willing to be divisive. In a 1998 book decrying American culture, Huckabee was no seeker of common ground. He drew stark lines, equating environmentalists with pornographers and homosexuality…


On the shifting values barometer of American voters

I’ve got a piece running today. The top: A quick-fading political storm over Barack Obama’s teen drug use shows how some issues that once would have torpedoed a candidate have lost their pop. Traits that a decade or a generation…


Thoughts about ‘The God of Americanism’

A careful blogreader found this at the bottom of today’s post of the Sightings e-newsletter: This month’s Religion and Culture Web Forum features James K. A. Smith of Calvin College on “The Gospel of Freedom, or Another Gospel? Augustinian Reflections…


SBC’s Pressler endorses Fred Thompson

In a GOP presidential primary season where many of the candidates are frantically trying to establish conservative Christian bona fides, Fred Thompson got a bit of support today. Former Texas Court of Appeals Judge Paul Pressler weighs in for the…


Not everyone follows faith ‘n politics

On a day when Mitt Romney’s speech about religion fills the faithnews space, the goold folks at the Pew Research Center for People and the Press release a poll that shows many people aren’t nearly as focused on this stuff…


Romney boots the atheist vote, refuses to get specific about Mormon beliefs

Two quick thoughts about Mitt Romney’s just-finished speech about religion: 1) Yesterday’s Harris Poll says that 18% of Americans do not say they believe in God. But Romney defines America — and by extension his presidency — as an essentially…


Waiting for Romney

Or someone like him…As we all await Mitt Romney’s speech, scheduled for tomorrow, about his religion and what it means to be Mormon. Me, I’m willing to wait and see what he actually says. But I know lots of folks…


Fred Thompson: ‘I’m OK with the Lord…’

Am I the only one who is astonished at what politicians feel they need to say about their faith these days? From CNN: “As far as faith is concerned, I have not made any secret as to where I am….

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